THE QUEEN is “devastated” by the news she will never return to Buckingham Palace again during her lifetime, in a crushing blow to the monarch.
The impact of the coronavirus pandemic means that the Queen is “highly likely” never to step back into Buckingham Palace again. The news has “devastated” the Queen, who has spent her life living in Buckingham Palace during her long-serving reign as monarch. The Queen and Prince Philip have been staying at Windsor Castle since relocating from Buckingham Palace and the Sandringham estate on March 19.
Kate Thornton, from True Royalty TV, said: “We are hearing rumours that the Queen can never return to Buckingham Palace, that William and Kate will be in there next.
“The age and stage she is in life, with Prince Phillip. Is it possible that Charles could succeed the throne?”
Royal author Tom Quinn dismissed fears of an abdication: “She is such a traditionalist, I cannot see her abdicating.
“She will keep going until she becomes ill or dies.”
The Queen is (Image: GETTY)
The news has “devastated” the Queen, who has spent decades living in Buckingham Palace (Image: GETTY)
The Sun’s executive editor Dan Wootton told True Royalty TV: “It is sad that the Queen cannot go back to Buckingham Palace.
“It is particularly devastating for the Queen, in the twilight years of her life, when she wants to keep working.
“So many things that she loves to do have been taken away from her. She does not want to stay essentially a prisoner at Windsor Castle.
“It is highly likely that the Queen will not live at Buckingham Palace again.
The Queen and Prince Philip have been staying at Windsor Castle since relocating from Buckingham Palace (Image: GETTY)
“It is true that she much prefers Balmoral and Windsor Castle but it’s about the fact that she can’t do the work she wants to do from there. It’s not the same.”
Royal author Tom Quinn disagreed, claiming the Queen would be “relieved” by the Buckingham Palace news.
He explained: “I suspect she is relieved. She is so elderly, I find it so hard to believe she wants to keep such a busy schedule.”
The Queen knighted Captain Tom earlier this month (Image: GETTY)
Quinn continued: “She didn’t want to be seen reducing the massive list of engagements she had on.
“This means she can do that without upsetting anyone.”
This follows news that the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will be travelling to Balmoral in early August for their summer break.
The monarch and Prince Philip will be going ahead with their annual stay in the Highlands, according to palace advisors, after spending the last four months at their Berkshire residence during the pandemic lockdown.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK